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Elvis Presley Was A Black Man

ELVIS Presley WAS A BLACK MAN, Black Ensemble Theater. Maybe he was. Though Jackie Taylor–who wrote, directed, and choreographed this two-hour homage–is not talking about “the color of his skin but the hue of his soul,” as one of her characters puts it. Taylor is less interested in Elvis’s admitted debt to African-American culture than […]

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Pleasures Great and Small

Ruth Page Dance Series at Northeastern Illinois University, February 25-28 Being in Dreaming Tyego Dance Project at the Athenaeum Theatre, February 26-27 and March 14 By Terry Brennan Should pleasures be large or small? Epic or miniaturist? Operatic or minimalist? Because I distrust American pop culture and its emphasis on the big and powerful, I […]

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Petty Crime

January 27, 12:15 AM, 2400 block of North Lincoln. Criminal damage to property. Two guys outside bar were mooning patrons. They slammed butts against window, which shattered. Manager chased offenders and caught one. Police arrived and arrested him. February 3, 5:25 PM, 900 block of West Addison. Robbery. Man snatched $10 bill from elderly man […]

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Calendar Sidebar

Photographer Tom Rand has shot street scenes in London and Paris, but his latest show celebrates the Uptown neighborhood, which he says “has kept itself real–it hasn’t yet succumbed to the Starbucks culture.” The opening reception for “Uptown Glances” is tonight from 5 to 8 at ARC Gallery, 1040 W. Huron (312-733-2787); the show runs […]

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Unedited Statement

Thank you for Michael Miner’s editorial on the lawsuit over disk jockey Mancow’s irresponsibility [February 26] in which Miner makes the analogy: “The Reader, for example, depends on the submissions of freelancers….It’s one thing to be diligent about the articles they submit–it would be another to have to ask for references and run background checks.” […]

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The Brandon Teena Story

The Brandon Teena Story Hate may have been as much a rationalization as a motive for a December 1993 rape in Falls City, Nebraska. The victim, Brandon Teena, a female who presented herself as male, was murdered later that month in a triple homicide. Two men who confessed to the rape have since been convicted […]

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Less Is More

Resurrection at Yello, through March 12 Val Valgardson at Beret International, through April 3 David Hodges at the Chicago Cultural Center, through March 28 By Fred Camper Curator Francesco Bonami jetted across continents to assemble a survey of art at the dawn of the new millennium for the exhibit “Unfinished History,” now at the Museum […]

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Union Soldiers

Dear Ms. True: In an era in which coverage of the labor movement in the general press is rare, both the Chicago Reader and Mr. Neal Pollack are to be commended for your article on the struggle of Chicago’s laundry workers for basic dignity [February 26]. As this is clearly a continuing struggle, I look […]

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City File

“Liberal Catholicism and liberal Judaism are not really two different religions getting along with each other, but only different flavors of the same religion,” argues Daniel Taylor in the suburban-based Christianity Today (January 11). “They are much closer to each other in core beliefs than they are to more conservative believers within the religion each […]

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Savage Love

Is there such a thing as a pornography recycling center? I just got a new girlfriend and she wants me to get rid of my collection of porno videos (about 30). I also have some hard-core het print magazines I want to get rid of (they remind me of a time when I had neither […]

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Teenage Wasteland

Cruel Intentions Rating ** Worth seeing Directed and written by Roger Kumble With Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Christine Baranski, Sean Patrick Thomas, Louise Fletcher, and Swoosie Kurtz. By Jonathan Rosenbaum Cruel Intentions is the fourth movie adaptation I’ve seen of Choderlos de Laclos’ Les liaisons dangereuses, possibly the best French […]

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Stop the Madness

Lee “Scratch” Perry at House of Blues, February 23 By Joshua Green There’s a tacit understanding among hard-core reggae fans that when a critic refers to a performer as “the next Bob Marley” he’s either ignorant, lazy, or both. Lately a similar disdain has developed for writers who deify Lee “Scratch” Perry without regard to […]